Heading Back Home

October 28, 2010

9 p.m.

 

            What can you say about a game like this?  It was one of the more bizarre you’re going to see from a team as solid as ours. Obviously, it just got away from us because we couldn’t throw strikes. That simple. When everything falls apart, you get a nightmare inning like the 8th. It was tough to watch it from the dugout – though no tougher, I’m sure, than it was watching it on TV at home. I imagine there were a lot of shoes thrown at a lot of screens across Texas.

            Cain was on his game. He was mixing it up well with his fastball, slider and a good change-up. I’ve seen him really develop as a pitcher during my 3 ½ seasons with the Giants. He’s so in control of the game now. His location is more precise. When he’s on, he’s really tough to hit.

            I know it sounds like a cliché, but there’s still a lot of baseball left. We’ll be in our park for the next three games. I know it will be rocking. If there is one thing I saw in the Giants – other than pretty solid pitching – was their intensity. I think playing in their own park helps keep that intensity at a high level. And I hope going back to our home fans will help us ignite that spark that maybe we’ve been missing.

            But the truth is that it’s up the 25 guys on this roster to turn things around. Not the fans, the manager, the coaches or the trainers. Us. We have to hit the ball. We have to make our pitches. We have to capitalize on every mistake the Giants make.

            I think about what we did when we lost 5-0 in the first game of the ALCS against the Yankees. We didn’t even blink. We just got back to playing our game. We have a mindset that’s all about winning. What I see when I look around the clubhouse are guys who are hungry and fierce and have heart.

            We’ll take a day to collect ourselves. We get in around 4 in the morning, I think. We’ll work out. We’ll put the first two games behind us.

            I can’t wait to get back home. I can’t wait for Game 3.

10 Comments

I am ready for you to be behind the plate. Talk it up! Go Rangers!

Bengie,
I hope we see the team that beat the Rays and the Yankees when you get to play at your own stadium.
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Super impressed that you continue to blog. We baseball fans love you for doing this.
I just learned from an earlier post from a fan that you have a book. I love reading baseball books.
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Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Hey Big Money,

No matter what, we got much love for you Bengie! If anybody says anything negative about you, we’ll jump on them articles and do what we do best; redirect and deflect.

~PR-Bay@rea

Missed you last night, Bengie. Looking forward to Game 3 and the hungry, fierce Rangers with heart you speak of. There’s nothing more stirring than being a part of baseball when those three things are at play. I am a witness. I love you guys! Let’s do this!

Bengie, What an inspiration the Rangers have been to so many fans. Even down by 2, the team is inspiring. I want y’all to know this. I was at a state conference this past week. I work for the Divison for Blind Services of DARS. Team work was obviously mentioned. How our agency works together so well. We pick up when someone is not able to carry on, retire, etc. We make things happen. Even though the Rangers had lost on Wednesday night, the example given, was the Texas Rangers. The room of about 250 people or so, abrupted in a loud applause.

Y’all have been so inspiring this year. I cannot tell you how many times I have broken down and cried like a baby. Just seeing how the team supports each other on AND off the field has been so inspiring. When Josh received the MVP for the ALCS, not only did he talk about his Lord, but he did not want to talk about himself, but he pointed to the team. It was a team effort.

Just wanted y’all to know that so many believe in the Texas Rangers and I want y’all to know that y’all have been and I am sure will continue to be used as an example of team work.

Go get ‘em!

We moved to Dallas 2 yrs ago from the Midwest where our baseball fix was going to the college world series. Due to an auction win, we had the chance to go to our 1st ranger game last year. We enjoyed it and enjoy watching on tv, but what is missing is the personal contact. I can’t even tell who you are on the field from the 3rd tier without the help of the announcer or big screen. Then last week, I found your blog. It is great that you share your thoughts and perspectives. This is the personal touch this fan needed. I am super impressed that you continue to blog thru the playoffs and series when your schedule is most likely chaotic. As I am watching the game tonight and cheering loudly, i am also looking forward to reading your next post. A thousand thank you’s for doing this blog-it is much appreciated. You are up at bat now – go bengie and go rangers!

Bengie,

My husband and I are so excited about your win tonight–it is our one year anniversary, and we really appreciate the present from you guys! You are my favorite Ranger by far, so much so that my husband drove out to the ballpark (we live about 2 hours away) to get me a Bengie Molina shirt for our anniversary! I am wearing it proudly as I type, and I so hope that you stay with the Rangers! Have a great night–we will be cheering you on tomorrow!!

You’re awesome, Bengie!!

Jenny

Hey Bengie,
I am a long time SF fan and steady follower of your blog. I wanted to tell you that you are an amazing addition to baseball, and every other player in the league could learn something valuable from you about how you treat other people (particularly your fans).

If the Giants win the WS, it is fun to imagine you running from the TEX dugout (or summoned out by a Giants friend) and join the Giants in their dog-pile after the last out. You would certainly deserve to be a part of their celebration. Even if you didn’t do that specifically, it would be really cool to publicly see you included somehow in the immediate celebration.

I hope you bat 1.000 (ideally, with 0 runs) for the rest of the series. GO Bengie!

I would like to see you all get Biofeedback. China used Quantum Biofeedback for the 3 months leading to the Olympics the year they did so well. You can call The Quantum Alliance and they will locate practioners for you. It will improve your overall well-being!
Tamela Johnston is the North Texas rep. Her phone number is 972-242-4673.
tamela.johnston@thequantumalliance.com
GO RANGERS! You can do it!
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps. 37:5

I would like to see you all get Biofeedback. China used Quantum Biofeedback for the 3 months leading to the Olympics the year they did so well. You can call The Quantum Alliance and they will locate practioners for you. It will improve your overall well-being!
Tamela Johnston is the North Texas rep. Her phone number is 972-242-4673.
tamela.johnston@thequantumalliance.com
GO RANGERS! You can do it!
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps. 37:5
Childress, TX

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